Seyon Lodge, Groton, VT (and a bit about La Brioche, in Montpelier)
This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal and retreat at Seyon Lodge. We rented the whole lodge (only $600 a night for the whole lodge plus continental breakfast for everyone staying there, there bed space for 22 people). They catered the whole thing (all meals for Friday night through Sunday morning) and they are AWESOME. They grow a lot of their own produce, and use local meats and cheeses, etc. as much as possible.
Friday night they made salad and three kinds of pizza for us. The salad was local fresh greens with dressings made in house. All three pizzas were delicious. Sausage, roasted red pepper and sun dried tomato, a sorta greeky feta and basily one, and a squash and caramelized onion one. As well as homemade ice cream and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert. For the folks who had problems with gluten, they made salmon and roasted veggies.
We upgraded from the regular continental breakfast to the full breakfast for Saturday and Sunday, and I was so happy we did. Saturday was bacon and scrambled eggs (all local) with cheese and herbs, various toasts, their house granola with local yogurt, and fresh baked scones. Wonderful coffees, orange juice, and teas, and of course packets of swiss miss hot cocoa (which I love, shut up ;D). Breakfast on Sunday was two kinds of quiche, granola, yogurt, toast and sausages (YUM!).
For lunch on Saturday it was a cold cut platter (local turkey and ham, MMMmmmmMMMmm) various breads, cheddar and swiss cheeses, mustard, mayo, lovely fresh salad (local greens), and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert again.
We had appetizers before the ceremony Saturday night. Hummus and veggies (three kinds of hummus, they were yummy but I can't remember what they were). There was also baked ricotta with herbs on it, served on fresh bread. The apps were just wonderful.
Saturday dinner was the celebration party after our vow renewal ceremony and we were going with an Indian theme. I need to learn how to make that baked ricotta. :) For dinner, they made rogan josh, coconut basmati rice, a forbidden black rice dish (that I'd requested), red pepper chicken for folks who don't like lamb, and homemade whole wheat naan bread. The lamb would have benefited from a little longer simmering in the sauce to get really tender, but the flavors were absolutely spot on. This was the first time they'd made anything Indian before, too! Two of my guests were from India, and the said the food was well-done. :)
Dessert on Saturday was wedding cake (I never had a wedding cake when we were married, so the wedding cake was the real reason we ended up with the whole ceremony to begin with ;). I ordered it from La Brioche in Montpelier. I worked with Chef Adrian there, and I was VERY pleased with the result. Basically I asked for:
Enough for 30 people, hexagonal (I just like that shape), three layers, bottom layer yellow cake, middle layer chocolate, top layer chai masala, all buttercream frosting, with a lotus flower topper and mehndi style piping (photos provided) and sugar jewels that look a bit like bindis. I told him I cared more about the taste than I did about the appearance. He totally came through on both counts! The cake only cost $139.
I've included photos of the cake and the appetizers (we only had 18 people at the party). I don't recall us getting photos of the dinner spread before it was assaulted. :)
Oh I meant to add but forgot:
The innkeepers there are absolutely wonderful. They're kind and attentive. They are very concerned about making everything just right, and responded very well to a lot of last minute changes in head counts and lots of different food allergies. The service here is outSTANDing. We love Jessie Mae and Emmet!